Eyes Wide Open
It is OK to fall in love with a house, but I really think that this should be done after you have had it inspected.
Attending open inspections, one after the other can start to become a drag or you may have found what seems to be your perfect home in just a few weeks, but I think it is very important to keep your eyes wide open throughout the entire process.
The following is quick guide for you to follow when attending open houses.
The first thing to look at when you arrive at the house is the slope of the block, does it look like water is draining towards the house? Drainage issues can cause movement and cracking of the foundations.
Landscaping is also important, is there paving around the perimeter of the home? Are there large trees near the house? Think of the damage a tree root can do to the pavement or footpath, they can do similar damage to the foundation of the home.
The leaves from the trees can block the gutters and downpipes causing them to rust and the water to overflow back into the eaves (part of a roof that meets or overhangs the walls of a building).
Where does the stormwater go? Are the downpipes connected to stormwater drains or is the water being discharged adjacent to the footings? Once again this can cause movement and cracking.
Cracking of buildings is a major problem in Adelaide for two reasons: first, large areas occupy expansive soils (mostly black and red-brown clays); second, many dwellings are solid masonry because of a local timber scarcity, and solid brick houses are more prone to cracking than timber-frame brick veneer structures.
This is just the first part of the Inspex Inspections blog, stay tuned for more informative reading with regards to Building Inspections in Adelaide.